Kandaleeswarar Temple (Uthama Sozheeswarar Temple), Thenneri, Kanchipuram
Kandaleeswarar Temple (Uthama Sozheeswarar Temple) is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Thenneri Village in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu. There are three temples in this village, two Siva Temples and one Perumal temple. The Siva temples are maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. Thenneri is about 8 Kms from Walajabad of Kanchipuram District.
It is believed this temple was built by Sembiyan Mathevatigal, wife of Kandarathitha Chozhan, in memory of her deceased son Uthama Chozhan. The presiding deity is Sri Kandaleeswarar. At the entrance there are Dvarapalas on both sides in giant size. There are shrines of Dakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma and Durgai.
Many inscriptions found in this temple reveals the `dhanams `given by many kings of that time and also deals with the procedure of election, formation of village committee, members eligibility and administration. This temple is a marvel of Chola architecture.